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Join the Coleridge and Cottle Walk, Chepstow to Tintern, 22nd & 23rd April 2017

Coleridge and Cottle Walk, Chepstow to Tintern, 22nd  and 23rd April 2017
Chepstow Walking Festival 2017.

Chepstow ‘Walkers are Welcome’ is a volunteer group aiming at promoting walking in the Wye Valley. Each year its walking festival encourages both local people and visitors to discover the delights of the region.

This year the group is organising a programme of 30 walks. One should be of considerable interest to members of the Friends of Coleridge: a walk spread over two days following in footsteps of the poet on his walk from Chepstow to Tintern in 1795. He was accompanied by Joseph Cottle and the Fricker sisters.

The walk leader is Anne Rainsbury, Curator of Chepstow Museum, and she will be reading from Joseph Cottle’s account of the walk, and giving insights into the countryside that Coleridge would have experienced in 1795.

The walk was part of the 2016 Coleridge in Wales Festival, and proved so successful that it was felt it should be included in the 2017 Walking Festival.

To find out more, visit www.walksinchepstow.co.uk for the full programme.

Malcom Guite: Talk - The meeting of Coleridge and Blake in fact and imagination

Congenial beings from another sphere - The meeting of Coleridge and Blake in fact and imagination

7.00 pm, Wednesday 22 February 2017, Waterstones Bookshop, 203-206 Piccadilly, London W1J 9HD

‘Blake and Coleridge, when in company seemed like congenial beings from another sphere, breathing for a while on our earth’. This was how Charles Tulk, the Swedenborgian described their meeting. Unfortunately he didn’t tell us what they actually said. In this talk Malcolm Guite will try to tease out what they had in common, particularly in their theology of Imagination.

Malcolm Guite is a poet and priest, working as Chaplain of Girton College, Cambridge. He also teaches at the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge and lectures widely in England and North America on Theology and Literature. He has a particular interest in the imagination as a truth-bearing faculty and continues to reflect deeply on how poetry can stimulate and re-awaken our prayer life.

The event is free, but if you would like to come please register your attendance via: www.blakesociety.org/news

Conference: Robert Southey and Romantic-era literature, culture and science: 1797, 1817, 2017, Clifton, Bristol, 11-13 April 2017

Conference: Robert Southey and Romantic-era literature, culture and science: 1797, 1817, 2017, Clifton, Bristol, 11-13 April 2017

Click here for more details and to access the registration form.

Click here to see the conference programme

Listen to Justin Shepherd's radio interview on his new booklet 'In Xanadu'

Listen to Justin Shepherd's half-hour radio interview, in which he talks about 'Kubla Khan' and the illustrated 56-page booklet he has written to celebrate the bicentenary of its publication in 1816.

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Remember to buy your 'In Xanadu' booklet by Justin Shepherd

This beautifully illustrated, full-colour, 60-page booklet has been written by the Friends of Coleridge Chair Justin Shepherd, and designed by Terence Sackett of the Friends. It offers insights into the origins of the poem, Coleridge's life, and how it has been received down the years by the literary world and the wider population It is available as a printed booklet for £5. Click the link to the order form on the Home Page, or buy from selected booksellers and tourist centres.

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